It is an extension of the domain of the writer. Once again, Michel Houellebecq gives up his writing table for a shoot. In an Instagram post, we see the photo of the sulphurous author of Submission dressed in a white coat in a hospital setting, embellished with a concise comment from his agent: “ Houellebecq, deadpan doctor, on the set of Rumba Therapy by Franck Dubosc.“
This is not the first time that the recipient of the Goncourt 2010 (for The Map and the Territory) let himself be tempted by the profession of actor. Between cameos and real third role, he had already registered his name seven times in the credits of films including that, very recently, of‘Clear history by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern.
We do not yet know much about the script except that it is a comedy of morals if we are to believe the synopsis disclosed on Allociné: “ Tony, in his fifties, old boy, lives alone after abandoning wife and child. He sets out to find his daughter, now a dance teacher. Tony then signs up for his classes, even though he hates dancing.“
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Michel Houellebecq will be well surrounded. Franck Dubosc gathered around him, – he will also play in his film – a pretty troupe of acrobats: the actresses Louna Espinosa and Marie-Philomène Nga, not to mention the excellent Jean-Pierre Darroussin, who is easily imagined , and of course just perfect, in the role of the depressed and lonely fiftieth birthday, who will try to heal himself with this Rumba Therapy.
If the filming which has just started in Bry-sur-Marne goes smoothly in this unpredictable period of epidemic, the film should be released on December 15, 2021. In the meantime, Michel Houellebecq may have had time to write a other book.
Michel Houellebecq in a medical gown on the set of Rumba Therapy by Franck Dubosc